I haven’t really talked about getting COVID anywhere online outside of a few stories on my personal Instagram, but hey! I got COVID! There’ll be more details in my wrap-up at the end of the week, but it’s been a joy, let me tell ya, and I’ve learned a whole heck ton about myself while in quarantine.

I am a three cup of tea a day person.

I mean, I knew this. I did, but I was more reminded of it. When I worked from home last year? Two years ago? I drank a lot of tea. I used to be a multi-cup tea person back in college, too, but that was more multiple in a row of the worst tea ever because I hadn’t figured out how to be a tea person yet. But when I worked from home, I usually had about two to three cups per day, and I totally forgot about that until this week, and I immediately fell back into my “oh it’s three o’clock, how fun!” Tea time, for me, is 8AM, 3PM, and anywhere between 8-10PM. The first & last have wiggle room, but my body is like clockwork at 3PM. It freaking knows.

I love Harry Styles.

I also knew this, but I didn’t know that, given the opportunity to be forced into my room and nowhere else, I would resort to watching compilation videos of Harry. Mostly tour ones, but also just anything. Interviews, existing in the world, music video bts, you name it, I’ve watched it in the last week. I don’t know why this was the choice I made–well, I do, Harry’s House has taken over my life–but it’s been a lot of fun.

Lily is so effing annoying, and I love her.

Okay, so, I promise there are some on this list that I didn’t know previously because I did also know this, but not to the extent she has been lately. Like, this menace drooled directly into my ear because I wouldn’t let her kiss me. She’s also started sitting in the doorway and just staring at me. She won’t come in, she won’t look away, she just sits there and stares. She’s done this a couple times on the bed, too, and if I reach for her, she moves farther away because she doesn’t want to interact with me, she just wants to stare at me. She’s hyped about me being home because that means she gets snuggles whenever she wants, and she is just well and truly the most annoying animal on the entire planet, and we’re both going to suffocate under my love for her.

I am 100% made for retirement.

Y’ALL. I totally respect people who don’t think they could do retirement. I kind of get it. I think, without books–both reading & writing–I, too, would not like retirement, but as I currently am? I’d be so good at retirement, I can’t wait. I’ve had so much fun just vibing. And I know I’m in the honeymoon phase of lounging in bed and not doing a whole lot, but as is evidenced by my weekends, I’d always have things to do. I could spend an entire day working on my plants, and I’d give myself about a month before I started learning how to renovate a house.

I can totally just veg out and watch mindless videos all day.

Not, like, forever, though. My attention span is pretty small, and now that I’m feeling better, I have been watching less videos, but those first few days of COVID? My dudes, between the fever, the headache, the shortness of breath, and the lethargy, I was very content to get horizontal and watch Harry Styles compilations all day, and I definitely did that. I didn’t think I was that person since I usually watch TV when I’m sick, but nope, I am 100% capable of absolutely nothing.

I can live with almost anything except for a stuffy nose.

FUCK CLOGGED SINUSES, OH MY HECK. I hate them so much. I’ll take a cough, a headache, a fever, the works, I don’t care, but fuck a stuffy nose, I hate it so much. There is literally nothing worse. I can figure out how to sleep with a fever, but a stuffy nose? Nah, you’re screwed, there’s the door. NO THANKS.

I will die on the Shadowhunters is the best hill.

I don’t know why this is on this list. No one didn’t know this. But between the Soulbound series giving me life and rewatching the show, I am living my best Shadowhunters life right now. (No, Soulbound is not Shadowhunters, but it is, fight me.) I do really think I could write several more full length posts on why I love this universe so much, and I will not be stopped.

Yoga is a huge part of why I’m doing okay.

Don’t even get me started on the shortness of breath. As my mother keeps reminding me, COVID is a lung disease, first and foremost, and that shit is real. Going downstairs to make tea has resulted in me having to just sit down on my bed and try to breathe for several minutes every damn time. I had to water my plants the other day, and I really, honestly, well and truly had to take breaks because that much walking around was too much. It probably doesn’t help that I talk to my plants while I water them, but I digress. Yoga, however, is definitely a huge part of why I’m getting through this so well. The fact that I was able to pop into a headstand on day two is remarkable, and it really just goes to show that because I’ve been working with very specific breathing techniques for the last ten years, I’m doing okay now when that’s put to the test.

I really do love my job.

Another one we already knew! But not being able to go to work last week & this week has been a definite sore subject for me. I love my boys so much, and my actual job is a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to get back into the office. I am a little worried that I’m going to be a bit slow with all of the things I need to do with the shortness of breath lingering, but we’ll just take it easy and be happy to be back!

I’m good with limited human interaction.

Lol, obviously. None of these things on this list were ones I actually learned about myself, I guess, just ones that were really brought home. Everyone always worries about me wanting to live by myself, like I’m going to turn into some kind of loon from not having constant human interaction, but if we’re being honest, I’m really all set with my cats. I talk to them all day even when I do live with other people, and I really like my human interaction not being in my personal space, so the idea that I can interact with people at work and then not when I’m home sounds wonderful.

Posted by:Mary Drover

she/her | yoga teacher | Tibetan Buddhism | part-time witch | full-time author | astronaut in a previous life

2 replies on “TTT: Things I Learned About Myself in Quarantine

    1. RIGHT. It’s such a weird balance for me because I love my boys at work, and there’s very rarely a time when I don’t want to be with them, but it’s like the second I get home, nah I’m done. I am all set, everyone please cease & desist.

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